This underwater Iron Man suit could revolutionize ocean research

Meet the Exosuit – a 6.5-foot tall, 530 pound, aluminum alloy atmospheric diving system that stands to change the way we explore the ocean deep. Designed to envelop a single human occupant in surface atmosphere conditions at depths of up to 1,000 feet, stepping into this articulated, human-shaped shell is like putting… » 3/01/14 9:37am 3/01/14 9:37am

Scientist sets out to pen futuristic novel, ends up drowning your town

Scientist Andrew David Thaler decided to write a novel set in the future, in a "post-sea-level-rise world." To make Fleet as scientifically realistic as he could, he needed to model the actual flooding that could result from climate change. And thus, a meme that reached 10 million people was born. » 12/17/13 11:19am 12/17/13 11:19am

Why did this invasive species suddenly take over Maine's coastline?

This scary looking beastie is the European Green Crab. It's not native to Maine, but they started coming over attached to the hulls of wooden trading ships a hundred years ago. But it's only just in the last two years that there's been a massive spike in the crabs' population, devastating the local clam-fishers. » 12/03/13 5:31pm 12/03/13 5:31pm

Scientists explore the ocean floor with half-crab-half-car behemoth

Do not judge the Crabster by its lame name, which sounds more like the nickname of a frat guy from a terrible '80s movie than it does a badass ocean-roving robot. A portmanteau of "crab" and "lobster," two creatures after which it is modeled, the Crabster was designed by researchers in South Korea to help them do science… » 8/02/13 9:28am 8/02/13 9:28am

James Cameron has donated his record-breaking submarine to science

Last year, James Cameron became the third person in history to venture to the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep. He was also the first person to ever make the trip alone – a trip he made in a badass submersible, fittingly named the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER. Now, one year after his historic dive, » 3/26/13 11:30am 3/26/13 11:30am

Here's the earliest known map of the Gulf Stream, created by Benjamin…

Benjamin Franklin's perspicacity never fails to amaze. In few places is his mental acuity more evident than his letters of correspondence, wherein Franklin frequently ruminated on topics scientific, technical and philosophical. What follows is an excerpt from one such letter, originally addressed to a scientific… » 12/28/12 8:20am 12/28/12 8:20am

The world's oceans need their own NASA-style agency

The oceans of Earth remain largely unexplored, but not for lack of technological innovation — and certainly not for lack of interest. Biologists, geologists, physicists, chemists, meteorologists — nearly every conceivable scientific field benefits from ocean research. But marine science, and deep sea science… » 10/17/12 6:35am 10/17/12 6:35am

What do real-life sea voyagers love about Firefly?

Life on a Firefly class vessel can be a lot like life at sea, which probably helps explain the show's significant following throughout the world of ocean science. Over on Deep Sea News, marine biologist Miriam Goldstein educates us landlubbers on the top ten reasons those familiar with the ocean foster an especially… » 6/29/12 11:30am 6/29/12 11:30am

Behold xkcd's massive infographic comparing the depths of Earth's lakes…

Presumably prompted by James Cameron's journey to the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe has plotted out the varying depths of Earth's bodies of water to scale. You can see the full version of this map by clicking the lower-right corner of the above image or clicking here. » 4/09/12 3:45pm 4/09/12 3:45pm

What the deep seas tell us about life on other planets

We tend to stereotype extraterrestrial life as little green men, but there are much more instructive examples of alien weirdness right under our oceans. In the following article, Dr. Craig McClain of Deep Sea News and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center discusses what the deep seas can teach us about potential… » 3/20/12 7:10am 3/20/12 7:10am

James Cameron says today's ocean exploration is “piss poor.” He's right.

James Cameron is unhappy with the present state of ocean exploration. He's so unhappy that he's taken it upon himself to spearhead an effort to return to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in all the world's oceans. In fact, he's making the trip this week — and he's making it alone. » 3/19/12 2:10pm 3/19/12 2:10pm